The world celebrates on the first of March every year the Zero Discrimination, which sheds light on discriminatory practices and calls for building policies for the transition from discrimination to a more just and equitable society.
This International Day was launched for the first time on March 1, 2014, in circumstances related to discrimination against people with AIDS, and called to combat this discrimination against AIDS patients.
This day represents a renewed opportunity to raise the voice against all forms of discrimination between human beings, and to stand against speeches, positions and policies that undermine human dignity and undermine the right to justice and fairness.
On this occasion, Bahrain Interfaith calls for a “comprehensive review” of the legal system in Bahrain, with the goal of harmonizing it with the principles of justice, and eliminating and criminalizing discrimination, in all its forms.
The Center believes that this “comprehensive review” should take into account the inherent right of citizens to justice and the elimination of discrimination, including:
– The right of every citizen to freely and independently exercise religious freedoms, in accordance with the rituals and laws of each belief and sect. This requires numerous amendments and reforms in related to religious freedoms, in a manner that prohibits and criminalizes all forms of discrimination according to sect and belief, whilst guaranteeing religious rights including those related to religious endowments, freedom of religious speech and the independence of religious institutions, in a manner that enables religious organizations to perform their functions without compromising their freedom and independence.
– The right of every citizen to have access to treatment and medicine, regardless of class, racial discrimination or anything else, with easy access to hospital centers, and the provision of free and fair treatment services and medical care. Bahrain has taken positive steps in this regard, especially in the face of the Corona epidemic, and it is hoped that this experience will be generalized, to turn into a model that governs the entire health system in the country.
– The right to live in safety and to obtain living and social stability in a fair and transparent manner, especially at time of economic challenges, and the complications resulting from the effects of Corona epidemic. This right faces many challenges, and requires more fundamental reforms in the country’s financial and economic structure, in line with human rights principles, which calls for more activation and development of the legislative institution, to be a contribution to providing decent living, safety and stability for all citizens, and assumes the role of addressing national challenges whilst ensuring justice and fairness for all
Kingdom of Bahrain – March 1, 2021